Research and Tools

Otago is one of the most active region's in New Zealand. With changing demographics, including significant population growth in some areas, and changes in how and why our people participate in sport and recreation, it is important that as providers and supporters we gain an insight into the trends, patterns, habits and attitudes to allow us to set a path for future success. ​​​​​​​ Click on the images below  to access the latest insights and findings in sport and recreation.

Active NZ

Sport NZ’s Active NZ Survey 2017 provides a point-in-time snapshot (rather than trend analysis) of participation in sport and active recreation explored through the lenses of age, gender, ethnicity and deprivation.

Otago Regional Profile

A snapshot in time of trends reflecting the future of play, active recreation, physical activity, and sport across the Otago Region.

The Voice of the Participant 2016/17

The Voice of the Participant (VOP) is a nationwide survey that aims to capture the voice of sport club members.

Voice of the Participant Club Experience Survey - Otago Key Findings

An overview of the Otago key findings of the Sport New Zealand Voice of the Participant Club Experience Survey.

The Economic Value of Sport and Recreation

This report offers analyses on the economic value of sport and recreation to Otago. The report uses sport and recreational data and has been prepared for Sport New Zealand by the AERU at Lincoln University.

The New Zealand Health Survey (NZHS)

The NZHS provides information about the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders. The NZHS became a continuous survey in 2011, enabling the publication of annual updates on the health of New Zealanders.

Sport NZ Insights Tool

The tool is designed to help those operating in the sport and recreation sector to better understand their participants and plan for future demand.

The Value of Sport

Exploring the value of sport to New Zealanders, their communities and our country.


School Sport NZ Representation Census

A summary of regional and national rates of students who represented their school in sport from 2000 - 2019 and the involvement of teaching staff.